Ann Timmer will become the next Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court on July 1, upon the expiration of Justice Robert Brutinel's 5-year term.
Timmer, appointed in 2012 by then Governor Jan Brewer (R), has been the Vice Chief Justice since 2019. Taking her place will be Justice John Lopez.
Interestingly, Justice Clint Bolick declined the Vice Chief Justice role, on the grounds that he would then be unable to succeed Timmer as Chief Justice because of Arizona's mandatory retirement age for judges (70).
Timmer has her undergraduate degree from the U of A and her law degree from ASU.
(Arizona's Law interviewed Justice Brutinel soon after he assumed the responsibility, and will look to do both an exit interview with him and an incoming interview with Justice Timmer. Stay tuned.)